pants: thaitee // shirt: hm // jacket: target // shoes: birkenstocks // necklaces: christina nicole, mountain lust jewelry // rings: dora lou, reverie-the shop 

I was in Trader Joe's the other day... trying to decide if it was worth spending the extra money on a few things that I totally could have gotten for less at another store or make an additional stop with my two toddlers at lunch time while trying to wrangle my children who were loading a ridiculous amount of yogurt into our cart... when a random employee stopped me to say... "You have a really great style. Just wanted to tell you." Then he was gone.

Can I seriously tell you how much that made my day? Honestly the reason it made my day really had nothing to do with what he actually said, it was more that he took the two seconds, stepped out of his comfort zone, and stopped what he was doing, and gave me the compliment. It added an extra pep in my step that day...

It made me think though... how many times could I have given a compliment but haven't? Is it that big of a deal to go out of my way every once in awhile to pass on something nice? Sometimes I think all it takes is to step out of my own little world every once in awhile and really notice what is going on around me. I can do that. I want to do that. So here's to giving more compliments!!!



I have none. That's basically where I want to end this post. These days... I have no patience and I don't know what to do about it. I wake up everyday with new conviction to try and not yell, to try and have patience with the ridiculously slow speed or ridiculously fast speed my children do things, to try and remember that the most important thing I can do every day is take care of my children. But the reality is... I'm not perfect. Patience is incredibly hard for me these days, keeping my cool, not letting every little mishap throw me off my game. It's just hard.

I felt like this summer I did good. The weather was gorgeous. We had lots of fun things to do. Everything just felt more relaxed and slower. Now that the rain has started, the days are shorter, everything is wet, business is busier, life in general just feels busier honestly. Honestly it's the little things that frustrate me... like Mikah taking 20 minutes every day to chose which pair of panties she wants to wear, or someone insisting I sit in the bathroom with them while they poop, or changing their minds about what kind of sandwich they want for lunch, it's the little things. That is no excuse though... Those are the things I should be documenting and remembering right? The exciting and happy things along with the hard and frustrating things right??

So this week I'm going to try. I'm going to try and remember that my top priority each day. I'm going to try and keep my cool, move slower, and just be happy!!! Maybe what I need to do is just not complain... complainers are never happy...



I'm pretty sure the mix of mid-century and bohemian styles was a match made in heaven. I mean seriously... the clean white or natural wood lines found so often in the mid-century style combined with the rich patterns, textures, and color in the bohemian space compliment each other so perfectly. They create a space that is balanced, interesting, and modern while still allowing it to feel completely comfortable and liveable. Not an easy task my friends...

But this bedroom... yes this bedroom is my new inspiration... Find all the details over on CupcakeMAG today!




I look at rugs online seriously almost daily. There are just so many out there and so many different colors, patterns, textures, and price ranges. Seriously it can be so overwhelming. When I look though I try and find unique rugs that make a statement either in texture, patter, or color... or all three! I'm not a big fan of simple no big deal rugs... A rug to me should be a piece of artwork for your floor. Something you could design your entire space around. 

I know this is an old example... but in Jersey I originally had a plain old olive green rug. It was a quick purchase when my little boy was learning to crawl and it fit the space nicely but I never really loved it. One day I found the black and white tribal rug (you know... THE ONE you've seen eeeeeeeverywhere...) but my gosh look what it did to my living room!!

I'm on the hunt these days for a rug for Christopher's room (I think I'm going to go with the one on the left in the bottom row) and a new one for my den downstairs. Rugs range however from super inexpensive (literally $20 at Ikea...) up to almost as much as an entire set of furniture for your living room! Today though I've found a few of my absolute favorite statement rugs you could design an entire space around, fairly good size, and all less than $200! And those World Market rugs... ON SALE!

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6

But let's really be honest, in a dream world, I'd buy THIS ONE!! Because seriously, it is amazing and the colors would be so perfect in my den. One day right? Like when I don't have two puppies having accidents and two little kids spilling juice. Or maybe when I can talk my husband into spending that on a rug. You know like 20 years? Just kidding... rugs are meant to be lived on right? Just gotta save my pennies for a bit...

Find this gorgeousness HERE



I've wanted to do it forever and finally got my butt around to making a few. PILLOWS my friends... the most amazing throw pillows I'm pretty sure I'm going to fill my house up with. Already planning some for my bedroom... and Christopher's room... and of course my den because it really needs some spicing up and goodness these will be perfect!!!

All pillows are double sided and finished with a hidden zipper. They are available in two sizes, a traditional 20" square and a euro 26" square (Ikea insert sizes my friends!) ANNNND I've got a wicked fabulous collaboration going on right now with @bearly_here215 (on IG) and shop here. Which means there will be ONE OF A KIND hand painted Mr. Bear 26" square pillows available in the shop! Guys... seriously... I'm dying!

So head on over to check out all the details on all the new fabulous styles!



My sister in law sent me a text the other night that simply said... what would you do with this wall? and then sent a picture to go with it. I could tell it wasn't her house (I've been there...) so I asked for a couple more pictures and sent back a few ideas quickly. But then I couldn't stop thinking about it. So I called her back maybe fifteen minutes later with a sketch in hand.

Large walls can be hard. Large walls with televisions on them can be especially difficult because you typically already have the large black empty screen hanging/sitting there and must work around it. But that doesn't mean they are impossible! My favorite thing to do with them is to make them feel like they are part of something bigger... not to single it out but put things around it that help take the focus off the black whole of emptiness tv's seem to be when they aren't on. 

no judging my sketch... it's been awhile...

My original idea was a simple collage wall, but as you can see from the photos there are already a number of frames and smaller decor items in the living room. I wanted to incorporate something big. The room needs a big piece. My idea? A mirror, a really really big floor mirror that rests along side the sideboard, layered with a fabulous tree on the left and a basket for storage (always want to mix up the textures), and surrounding the television with a few different size frames (including one that is bigger than a 8x10!) Add in a few small plants because I swear plants add something incredible to a space, keep up the yellow and turquoise accent colors found in the throw pillows and we are set! Best part? Besides the fact I designed the whole thing virtually? The whole thing is ridiculously budget friendly! My favorite way to go...



shirt: cotton on // pants: hm // shoes: birkenstock // jacket: target // bag: target // necklaces: shop arroyo, mountain lust jewelry, christina nicole // rings: dora lou, reverie-the shop

This shirt takes me back to my teenage years (actually the whole outfit all together) you know sometime in the 90's when that red, white, and black was totally in. It feels like something I would have worn in middle/high school while listening to Hanson, you know with a crew neck and maybe a little shorter so the bottom of it barely hit the top of my flared pants so every time I bent over you could see my back. (Yep... I was one of those kids...) The true difference though between this shirt and the shirt I would have worn in middle school has nothing to do with the cut of the shirt and everything to do with the attitude of the girl wearing it.

I was a shy, scared, unsure, insecure teenager. I was scared to start wearing makeup because I didn't want people to comment on it or notice so matter how much I wanted to wear it, I waited until long after I was given permission before I started actually wearing makeup. I was scared, worried about what other people thought, confused about who I was and what I wanted to be. Now... I'm not so scared or insecure. Why is that? Because I've accepted who I am. I am me. There is no one else I can be... I like what I like and that is that.

That's what I wish I could tell myself back then. Just be you! If there is one thing I could help the young women I work with at church understand during my time with them is that it doesn't matter what they look like, what kind of clothes they like to wear, or how they spend their time, or anything honestly. None of it matters! They are gorgeous. They are amazing. They are beautiful young women with absolutely incredible potential! As soon as they realize and remember that, their lives will change. They will be able to accomplish great things! It wasn't until I realized the very same thing that I was able to be happy with the girl looking back at me in the mirror, be confident in my decisions and opinions, and just be... me!

So this time... the shirt is totally different. And it might actually be one of my favorites these days!

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